How to Fix Printer Connection and Printing Problems in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to fix standard printer connections and print problems using Windows 11. If you’re trying to use your Printer and run into issues, below are some steps to get things working again.

Before continuing below, please turn off your Printer and unplug it, wait 30 seconds, plug it back in, and then turn it back on.

If doing the above doesn’t fix the printer connection or printing issues, continue below to try additional steps.

If your Printer is connected to your computer using a wire, make sure that the Printer’s USB cable is correctly connected from the Printer to your PC. Also, ensure the Printer’s wireless option is turned on and available for wireless-connected printers.

If the wireless printer option is enabled and turned on, connect the Printer to your computer’s Wi-Fi network. If your Printer is not connected, you

If you have multiple printers in Windows, you may have a default printer than the one you think you’re printing to. Read the post below to learn how to configure a default printer in Windows 11.

How to set your default printer in Windows 11

How to fix printer connection and printing issues in Windows 11

As mentioned above, if you’re trying to use your Printer and run into problems, below are some steps to get things working again.

After checking the steps above and if you still have issues connecting and printing to your Printer, follow the steps below.

Remove or delete your Printer

If you check all of the above and are still not able to print, follow these steps:

In most cases, removing and reinstalling the Printer may help. In Windows 11, go to the Start button, then select Settings  > Devices  > Printers & scanners.

Under Printers & scanners, find the Printer, select it, and then select Remove device. The post below shows you how to remove and delete a printer driver in Windows 11.

How to remove or delete a printer in Windows 11

Reinstall your Printer

Once the Printer is removed or deleted, go and reinstall it. You’ll need to follow different steps to reinstall or add a wireless or local printer.

Select the Start button, then select Settings  > Devices  > Printers & scanners. Finally, select Add a printer or scanner.

Wait for your device to find nearby printers, choose the one you want, and then select Add device.

If your Printer is turned on and connected to the network, Windows should find it easily. Available printers can include all printers on a network, such as Bluetooth and wireless printers, or printers plugged into another computer and shared on the network.

Below are helpful posts that show you how to install printers in Windows 11

Run the Audio Troubleshooter

If you still can’t get print after the steps above, then run the Printer troubleshooter.

Select Start, and go to Settings System Troubleshoot Other troubleshooters.

Next to the Printer, select Run and follow the instructions.

When you do that, Windows will start diagnosing issues related to your Printer. After a brief moment, depending on your computer, Windows should return with a result.

A fix will be done if one is found, and Windows will give you details reasons. You can then test printing again.

Other helpful posts are listed below:

How to add a printer in Windows 11

How to add a wireless printer in Windows 11

How to clear a printer queue

How to install a printer’s latest driver


This brief tutorial showed you how to troubleshoot a printer that is not working. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have anything to add.

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